Friday, August 8, 2014

What's in Your Suitcase?

Maybe having a suitcase that has more books in it than clothes is a sign that I need to follow Steve Bradford's lead and get an e-reader.

This week I am in Seattle for the 2014 ALSB conference, which I may blog about when I return.  In my suitcase, in addition to a few clothes, are:

Some of these, like Bainbridge, Klein, and O'Hara's books, I have already read, but I thought they would be worth revisiting while I wait on some new books I recently ordered.

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When I used to travel for business and had time for leisure reading, especially on long flights to Asia, I took the plunge and it was a huge relief. At the time I was the only one in my book club with one. Now all but one has succumbed. I have all of my textbooks, law review articles and Federal Rules on my iPad mini (and my iphone through various apps), which means that I can be very productive on the road.

Posted by: Marcia Narine | Aug 8, 2014 7:40:17 AM

Should I get an e-reader? I have been loving just having a Macbook Air, and I do have my textbooks on it. But I do not have any "light" reading or academic books loaded on it. Am I better off loading those items on my computer or getting an e-reader? I have enjoyed picking up hardcopy resources for takeoff and landing, and even for reading on flights. But sometimes, like you all, I am carrying a heavy load if I bring too many hardcopy resources with me . . . .

Posted by: joanheminway | Aug 8, 2014 11:52:20 AM

Joan, I would recommend a tablet or e-reader for reading anything from books to PDFs, etc. I was long resistant to tablets, but succumbed s few months ago. PDFs are so much easier to read on the iPad than they are on my MacBook Air. There’s something about how the print fits on the page and projects, without that keyboard sticking out, that makes reading so much easier and more pleasant.

Posted by: Urska | Aug 8, 2014 1:43:23 PM

Is an iPad sufficient or is an e-reader better. I have an iPad, but don't use it much.

Posted by: Haskell Murray | Aug 8, 2014 2:52:43 PM

I have a Kindle Fire and an iPad. For PDFs, iPad wins hands down. For books, the Kindle is a little better. If the goal is to read both or either, I'd go with the iPad (assuming cost is not an issue).

Posted by: Urska | Aug 8, 2014 4:18:11 PM

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